Sick of your roommates or family? It may seem like there’s no escape with stay-at-home orders over the past few months and ongoing self-quarantine recommendations, but there is a way you can get a few hours of sweet, sweet alone time. An app called Globe offers short-term daytime rentals for anyone looking for a private space and change of scenery.
So here's how it works: Guests must verify their phone number and undergo a government ID check prior to booking. Once they're approved, they can rent empty apartments by the hour. Prices vary by space but many go for $40 per hour, according to Relator.com. Every booking is also covered for up to $1 million for accidental property damage and liability insurance claims each, according to Globe’s website.
Globe was founded in San Francisco a year ago by Emmanuel Bamfo and Eric Xu. It began with the goal to offer a private space for people to take a nap after a redeye or a meeting without enduring a noisy cafe. Since the coronavirus outbreak, the demand has spiked with more than 100,000 people on the waitlist to become guests, The New York Times reported. Right now, there aren’t enough people listing their apartments and homes to keep up with the amount of people who want to rent them.
In response to the pandemic, Globe is taking additional precautions with its bookings: Guests must send a photo of a thermometer proving that they don’t have a fever, and there are strict rules for cleaning between guests. Unlike Airbnb, no overnight stays are permitted.
In San Francisco, where the company is based, Globe received a letter saying hourly rentals appear to violate the stay-at-home order that’s still in effect, TechCrunch reported this week. The company is continuing its service and planned a letter in response to be sent this week.
If you are able to get a booking in your area, this is the perfect way to get a break from your loud roommates, take an important call, or simply exist in a new atmosphere—and maybe do some valuable self-reflection.
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